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Beyond Immanence
The Theological Vision of Kierkegaard and Barth
HARDCOVER; Coming Soon: 5/25/2023
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6803-9
Price: $ 49.99
416 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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Series: Kierkegaard as a Christian Thinker

Critical insights into Kierkegaard’s influence on Barth’s theology. 

Karl Barth was often critical of Søren Kierkegaard’s ideas as he understood them. But close reading of the two corpora reveals that Barth owes a lot to the melancholy Dane. Both conceive of God as infinitely qualitatively different from humans, and both emphasize the shocking nearness of God in the incarnation. As public intellectuals, they used this theological vision to protect Christocentric faith from political manipulation and compromise. For Kierkegaard, this meant criticizing the state church; for Barth, this entailed resisting Nazism.   

Meticulously crafted by a father-son team of renowned systematic theologians, Beyond Immanence demonstrates that Kierkegaard and Barth share a theological trajectory—one that resists cynical manipulation of Christianity for political purposes in favor of uncompromising devotion to a God who is radically transcendent yet established kinship with humanity in time.

Table of Contents

          1. Kierkegaard’s Audience and Approach  
          2. Against Hegelianism: Kierkegaard on Creation and Christology  
          3. Karl Barth and the Legacy of the Enlightenment: Cultural Religion, Nationalism, and Idealism  
          4. God’s Relationship with Us in Time: The Kierkegaard-Barth Trajectory  
          5. Barth’s Appropriation of Kierkegaard  
          6. The Kierkegaard-Barth Trajectory and the Challenge of the “Socratic”: What Should Christian Engagement with Secular Society Presuppose?  
          7. Beyond Immanence